Types of Negligence in New York Car Accidents

Car accidents can, unfortunately, occur at any time. There are many ways that a car accident can happen. While drivers have a big responsibility on the road, they are subject to human error. Drivers can become distracted and take their eyes off the road for a moment, leading to a dangerous accident. Many serious accidents often stem from one moment of a driver’s negligence. Accidents caused by another’s negligence can lead to very serious accidents and even sometimes death. After an accident, an injured party may wish to contact an experienced attorney at a later moment to discuss their options.

Types of Negligence

There are several different ways that driver negligence can be seen on the road. These actions can generally be covered by two main categories. This includes:

  • Dangerous Driving: A driver is negligent if they do not follow the rules of the road. When people drive in an unsafe manner, they put others on the road in danger. This may include speeding, reckless driving, improper lane changes, unsafe passing, failure to abide by stop signs and lights, street racing, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and more.
  • Distracted Driving: All drivers are required to give the road their full attention. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. There are several distractions that may cause a driver to not pay attention to the road. One of the most common distractions is the use of a mobile phone behind the wheel of a vehicle. Drivers sometimes use their phone on the road as navigation, to make or receive phone calls, listen to music, send a text or email, and searching the internet. Other distractions may also include eating, searching for something in the car, or speaking to other passengers in the car.

Proving Negligence

When a driver acts negligently while on the road, they put others on the road at great risk for injuries and even death. If negligent behavior causes an injury to another person on the road, the injured party may wish to hold that negligent driver responsible. If an individual wants to hold another party responsible for their injury, they must satisfy the “burden of proof.” This requires them to gather evidence that proves the accident and the injury were a direct result of the other party’s negligence. Evidence for a case may consist of a police report from the scene of the accident, medical documentation of the injury, pictures and videos of the accident, or any witnesses.

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If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident as a result of negligence, contact the Law Offices of George Poulos today.

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